Chapter 21: Humanitarian tropes in the Casamance: presumptions about gender-based violence in conflict and displacement contexts
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The chapter examines changes and social consolidations of traditional gender roles and relations in the Casamance against the backdrop of the ongoing conflict. It contrasts humanitarian assessments that assume a general weakening of the position of women in such contexts with empirical results that suggest a more nuanced state of affairs: gender roles, in the observed cases, have been both reinforced - and transcended. Gender relations have been both cemented - and transformed. The examination reveals a considerable impact of humanitarian intervention on local discourses of gender - and uncovers how presumptions on both sides lead to a gulf between different interpretations of terms and concepts like gender-based violence.

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